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Sexual deviance includes a range of abnormal sexual expression from fetishism, cross dressing, sexual sadomasochism to pedophilia, incest and rape at the extreme end of the continuum.

“One begins to need more and more intense stimuli in order to produce the same type of arousal ... It creates a greater appetite for more bizarre, more deviant types of sexual images.” Colleen Taylor

Sexual deviance is a complex issue because conformity and deviance are relative terms. To complicate matters further the definition of the term sexual deviance has shifted over time. In the last two to three decades there has been a shift in our attitude towards accepting some of these behaviors as normal and acceptable.

Sexual deviance refers to atypical sexual behaviors generally defined in moral, legal or medical terms. The term has always been a contested category as regards its meaning. Ancient texts, pictures and sculptures all over the world—like the comprehensive textbook for sex Kamasutra, and explicit sexual postures carved in stone in Khajuraho temple in India prove that fresh insights emerging from modern research on sex were already common knowledge in very ancient and medieval cultures in many parts of the world. By a process of socialization whereby society dictates behavioral expectations to people and mainly due to moral and religious mores, normal sex, came to be understood as penile-vaginal intercourse probably because of the procreation clause attached to it.

Sexual Deviance

What is Normal: Misconception of our sexuality can lead to doubts, guilt and shame and perpetuate mistaken views of normal and abnormal sexual behavior in oneself and others. Today, with extensive researches and more information available on the subject of sexuality, it is possible to define our sexuality on the basis of personal choices –perhaps to a greater degree in certain segments of the Western society than in some Oriental societies. Modern lifestyles and upscale urban living have led to a shedding of inhibitions and increased sexual freedom to explore various sexual behaviors. Though a penile-vaginal intercourse for procreation and recreation was generally believed to be the only “civilized” expression of sexuality for a very long time, masturbating alone, or in company, oral sex and anal sex among mutually consenting adults as expressions of love and for purposes of pleasure are now gaining acceptance as typical sexual behaviors in many societies all over the world.

Homosexuality: Sexual mores keep changing according to time and place and what was previously seen as a sexual deviance can become a norm as it gains social acceptance. A recent drastic change occurred in the US when psychiatrists removed homosexuality from their list of mental disorders (DSM IV) and certain states even legally sanctioned gay marriages. On the contrary, in countries like India, homosexuality is clubbed along with bestiality (sex with animals) and pedophilia (sex with children) as an “unnatural act” and can attract a jail term of up to ten years under Article 377 of the Indian Criminal Code.

In a survey called “Now for the Truth about Americans and Sex," that was published in Time magazine in 1994, Philip Elmer-Dewitt reported that homosexuality was experienced by 9% of the men, and lesbianism by 4% of the women and they had experimented with it at least at some stage since their puberty.

Perversion: Universally, certain sexual behaviors are described as deviant, aberrant, abnormal or perverted. There is no denying that severe sexual maladjustment leads to conflict and misery, sometimes for the sexually deviant person, but most importantly for others. Psychologists use the term Paraphilia for deviant types of sexual expression such as Fetishism, Transvestic Fetishism (Cross Dressing) Sexual sadism, Sexual masochism, Autoerotic asphyxia, Exhibitionism, Voyeurism, Frotteurism, Zoophilia /bestiality, Necrophilia, and at the extreme end of the continuum—pedophilia, incest and rape.

The incidence of sexual deviance varies in countries depending on the culture and is thankfully not common. A survey called “Now for the Truth About Americans and Sex," by Philip Elmer-Dewitt that was published in Time magazine in 1994, reported the following findings-

Traditional penile-vaginal sex was the most enjoyable form of sexual practice and was universally appealing with 83% of men and 78% of women saying that is was "very appealing to them." & 80% of the sample surveyed said that every time they had sex during the past year, they had vaginal sex.
Half of the men and a third of the women said that watching their partner undress was very appealing.
Oral sex was practiced by 37% men and 19% women.
The activates the respondents said they found appealing were quite traditional and conventional. Unusual, far-out "deviant" activities attracted very few positive evaluations.

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I'm a divorced male in my early 50s. I was faithful to my wife for the 25 years married. She always rejected my romantic advances so I became accustomed to masturbating. My fantasies varied over the years during masturbation and my post divorce real life sexual encounters have been receiving meaningless anonymous oral sex from women and men. It's the only thing that seems to stimulate me to orgasm. Recently, I met the most beautiful, smart, sexy woman and I love her but she does not stimulate me enough to orgasm. I now realize I have completely disassociated sex and love. This is my problem to fix but it certainly affects her. I have stopped receiving anonymous sex but I still masturbate while thinking about it. Can anyone with medical or behavioral knowledge please suggest how I can get back to associating love and intimacy with exciting sex? She is starting to ask, "what's wrong?" and I don't know how to explain it. I really love this woman!
KevHelp Tuesday, June 5, 2012
If your arousal is based on the anonymity, you will probably have to continue what you're doing and masturbate to your fantasy. If your arousal is based on oral pleasure, you will need too tell her "what's wrong" and trust that she cares enough about you to open up to the idea. Either way it will take time and either reconditioning or being satisfied with your masturbatory sessions and good lovemaking with someone you care for.
GladiatiorofPsi Monday, November 18, 2013
I have problems with both frotteurism and fetishism. The impulses are totally out of my control and despite my concience objections and strong will to refrain it is almost like I am posessed and can only stand by and watch. The frotterurism is weird to, I have an impulse to grasp a woman's skirt hem between my fingers without her noticing. I do this in bars and crowed malls mostly. The fetishism is the obsession with womens undergarments from the act of shopping for them to wearing them and filtching them out of my friends and neighbors laundry hampers. I really want to get over this stuff. Chronic mastubation is also a problem...definately associated sex addition from an early age. Never been sexually abused.....but started chronic masturbation very early....child hood considered abusive because very strict parenting causing daily fear and stress...neighborhood bullying also probmatic...and started sexual activity with partners late in life, 19.
Chazz_32 Tuesday, March 6, 2012
i was at Kmart one day and i saw this guy walk up next to a lady with a short skirt he bends down to pretend to look at a dvd,he then picks up the dvd lifts up his shirt from his side and rubs his lower back or waste on her leg, she did not no it was deliberate he said sorry she said ''oh thats ok''he got up and walked away. i also have seen him do it in other stores same thing to women with short skirts
luvherlegz Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Pleaew list other nonj-coercive paraphilias besides coprophilia, urophilia, Klismaphilia,transvestic fertishism and S and M. Seeking background for a presentation
nyccj Sunday, October 16, 2011
I once saw a middle aged Polish immigrant guy grab a young African American woman's butt on the downtown 1 train just north of 59th st - she whipped out her xacto knife from the sleeve of her jacket with ninja-like speed and, in less than a second the perverted guy was crying out in pain and bewilderment as his blood splattered the subway car's floor. My suggestion is that if you see this use your cellphone and snap a picture, even if you don't get the act, you can follow this guy around until you can get a good shot and then take the time to do a report with Metro Police. Two separate reports with the same photo, has the tendency to make the hunter the hunted.
SuzieDsouza Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Any kind of obsession grows when we try to suppress it [What we resist, persists- C.G.Jung]. I believe the human heart is home to the noblest and the basest thoughts. Most of us will have struggled with 'bad' thoughts at some point in life. The more we struggle, the more attention we give it, and it grows in power.

The trick is to develop an attitude of witnessing- like when you watch traffic from the top of a building. It just passes by-don't try to dig up the root cause of each thought. Just be aware of the thought. And preferably you should have a center-focusing on the breath will give you a stable center to hold on. Whenever you feel uncomfortable emotions and thoughts, breathe. Breathe into the emotion or the thought. Don't bother about when it will end. Our job is to maintain awareness of all that goes on in us. In the light of your calm, non-judgmental, awareness, you will heal. :) Cheers.

sud68 Friday, October 22, 2010
I am a masochist and a coprophiliac, and the two things for me are very much connected and related. whilst I fantasize about eating feces, for men and women,s pleasure, amusement, and entertainment, I do not eat or swallow it, because of the health risks, although when I am fantasizing about it, I sometimes kiss and lick it, but I wash my mouth and lips thoroughly after-wards, with anti-septic mouthwash and water.

I've searched all over the net, and can find next to nothing about the causes and treatment of coprophilia, other than many sites who say it involves misconceptions about nudity and sex being dirty, and that it is caused by morbid depression, and both of these explanations are very much false in my opinion and experience. Most coprophiliacs have no problem, appreciating the pure and natural beauty of the human body, and they are not morbidly depressed, as coprophilia makes them very happy. I like being a coprophiliac, but again I will not actually eat feces, and I would sometimes like to moderate these urges, which can sometimes get very intense.

i have my own theory on what causes coprophilia, from my own experiences, but I'd like to know what you can tell me about this more generally or specifically.

Also, as I am a British person, sadistic scatological humor is very much a part of our culture (as it is in German society), and so there's not much of a taboo about it here in the UK.

please shed more light on all of this, or point me in a better direction, because I can find next to nothing on the net about it all, and I want to know a lot more about it.

Thank you


westernhigh Friday, March 12, 2010
Sure you're ok man? You've got me all worried. Maybe you should quit browsing the Net for info for a while and see a health professional. Hurry, boss.
thilakaravi Sunday, March 14, 2010
This person is not hurting anyone or anything. He is only expressing his sexuality, most of this stays in his imagination. Too few people are able to express themselves and they should in privacy or consenting a trustworthy be able to. It is you that should broaden your imagination which may enlighten you, and gain a valiable lesson. Never judge others.
guest Saturday, March 20, 2010
It's okay to judge people that kiss and lick feces and have fantasies about eating it. Dude really needs some help and maybe you need some too. Tolerance isn't always a good thing.
guest Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Like there aren't enough demented people in the world today. Please seek professional help. Even if society accepts bad behavior, i.e. homosexuality and other perverted acts, does not make it okay.
guest Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I believe it is infact okay to have strange sexual desires. What different is his coprophilia than someone else's masochism or bondage/rape fetish? Atleast he is healthy about it. And maybe he feels looking on the net is his only option, due to being fearful of going to someone like you who will be judgemental about his sexual preference?
KeepingThePeace Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Peter you say "
I've searched all over the net, and can find next to nothing about the causes and treatment of coprophilia" if you read some of Freuds theories on human sexuality you will see that at the end of the day all our sexual drives boil dowm to oral or anal fixations because thats what we do as babies...put things in our mouths and poo! you mentioned looking on the net for treatment... any freudian based psychoanalyst would be able to help...

guest Sunday, August 1, 2010
i never heard of this type of paraphilia s. i learned them in my sexual behaviors class in college, but wow, it really is true. i mean im sure u can some how control it, like the other guy said it earlier, just breath, breath with the thought, the brain needs oxygen!!! it will cause u to think clearer!!! i hope u do control ur self, it is in ur hands. i wish u luck, i am not judging u, never. as long as ur not harming others i guess its ok. thats what we all say. but im so shocked to even know such deviance, wow. ma i the only one that is new to this???
inessichka Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Well this is very useful information ..
Thanks for sharing ...

netpharmaworld Thursday, January 7, 2010
Thank you DR.Shroff for inviting me to post my findings on this matter. Trinidad like many other Caribbean countries has its fair share of sexual deviant behavior. Our society is affected by persons who endulge in a myraid of a-typical sexual behavior. In my research I have found that scatologia, public masturbation, public sex, beastility and paedophilia are the most common paraphilias. I have only found one publically know case of autoerotic asphixia. These deviances are never understood and are very taboo in this country where even homosexuality is spoken in hushed tones. Therapy is hard to access. Sex offenders never bebefit from any therapy, we have had a spate of child rape-murder cases in the past 5 years. The most recent was a 9yr girl, she was raped/buggered/ strangled and battered to death, her accuser committed suicide...We must educate our citizens to identilfy and seek help before they harm themselves or others. But sex therapy is an infant science, more so in Trinidad
shazaramohammed Saturday, July 25, 2009
i must add that your article was never insightful, i am doing a course entitled 'contextualizing desire from the victorian to viarga' with DR. Cambell of the universiyt of the west indies in Trinidad and part of this couse deal with the treatment of cocercive paraphilias, thank you.
shazara Tuesday, July 14, 2009

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